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Ny rapport: AP-fonderna har inte lyckats påverka fossila bolag att minska utsläppen | Naturskyddsföreningen

Genom aktivt ägande vill AP-fonderna få fossila bolag att bli mer hållbara. Men Naturskyddsföreningens nya rapport visar att inte ett enda av de bolag som utvinner kol, olja och gas som AP-fonderna försökt påverka har satt utsläppsmål i linje med Parisavtalet.

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Male superb lyrebirds, master mimics, found to trick females into mating | Mongabay Nyheter

The superb lyrebird has garnered worldwide recognition as nature’s greatest voice impersonator. Researchers have found that besides imitating other species’ songs and artificial sounds from the environment, it is capable of mimicking the sounds of an entire multispecies flock. This vocal mimicry is used by males during mating sessions and is believed to increase their reproductive success. Image of a superb lyrebird by Alex Maisey. Masters of imitation The superb lyrebird (Menura novaehollandiae) is a large ground-dwelling songbird endemic to southeastern Australia. It’s best-known for its extraordinary ability to imitate complex artificial sounds from the environment, even chainsaws, camera shutters, squeaking trees, and car alarms. A study published Feb. 25 in Current Biology adds one more astonishing feat to its repertoire: male lyrebirds can mimic the panicked alarm calls and wingbeat noises of many bird species all at once. This illusion of creating a complex ecological scene has never before been seen in birds. “In the past, biologists have specified that mimicry involves three protagonists: a mimic, a signal receiver, and a model. But here we have an example of one individual — a male lyrebird — mimicking an entire ecological scene comprising multiple individuals and multiple species calling simultaneously,” Anastasia Dalziell, a behavioral ecologist at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and lead author of the paper, says in a statement. https://imgs.mongabay.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/04231252/This-audio-clip-is-a-segment-of-a-real-mixed-species-mobbing-flock-experimentally-induced-in-Sherbrooke-Forest-CREDIT-Dalziell-et-al.wav This audio clip is a segment of a real mixed-species mobbing flock experimentally induced in Sherbrooke Forest. Audio courtesy of Dalziell et al. https://imgs.mongabay.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/20/2021/03/04231256/This-audio-clip-is-an-example-of-a-male-lyrebird-imitating-a-mobbing-flock-during-copulation-2-CREDIT-Dalziell-et-al-1.wav This audio clip is an…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer

AP-fonderna har inte lyckats få fossila bolag att minska utsläppen | Naturskyddsföreningen

Utsläpp från skorstenar.

Trots klimatkrisen är våra pensionspengar investerade i några av världens största fossila bolag. AP-fonderna motiverar det med att de försöker påverka bolagen att bli mer hållbara. Men vår rapport visar att ytterst få av bolagen har satt utsläppsmål i linje med Parisavtalet.

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Så kan du engagera dig för fossilfria pensioner | Naturskyddsföreningen

Vill du engagera dig för fossilfria pensioner? Toppen! Det finns nämligen flera sätt som du kan vara med och bidra för att visa att våra pensionspengar inte ska investeras i olja, kol och fossilgas.

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Scientists discover three glow-in-the-dark sharks | Mongabay Nyheter

The kitefin shark is a guitar-sized creature with brownish-black skin and large, gaping eyes. But there is more to this shark than initially meets the eye: in the dark, it will emit a blue glow. On a 2020 voyage near Chatham Rise off the eastern coast of New Zealand, a team of international scientists discovered that the kitefin shark (Dalatias licha) and two other deep-sea shark species, the blackbelly lanternshark (Etmopterus lucifer) and the southern lanternshark (Etmopterus granulosus), all have bioluminescent properties. “We have something like 540 shark species in the ocean [and] there are 57 of them able to produce light — so more than 10% of the sharks,” Jérôme Mallefet, a marine biologist at the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium and lead author of a new study on the discovery, told Mongabay in an interview. “But do people know they are able to produce light? No, not much.” Luminescent patterns of Dalatias licha. Photo by Jérôme Mallefet / UC Louvain. There are countless other species that are bioluminescent — from jellyfish to squid to algae — but the kitefin shark is the largest known vertebrate to produce bioluminescence, according to the study. The three shark species inhabit the mesopelagic zone of the ocean, also known as the twilight zone, which ranges from 200 to 1000 meters (660 to 3,300 feet) in depth. Only the tiniest amount of sunlight can reach this region, creating a dim, blue glow. Most marine organisms that produce bioluminescence contain special chemicals, including a…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer

Podcast: Restoration for peat’s sake | Mongabay Nyheter

When over a million hectares of carbon-rich peatlands burned in Indonesia in 2019, a public health crisis followed – the haze that results causes serious respiratory issues for humans and wildlife, and contributes to climate change – and had not seen at that level since 2015, when the nation’s peatland restoration agency was formed to address the issue. Once drained for palm oil or other agricultural uses, Indonesia’s peatlands become very fire prone, putting its people and rich flora and fauna – from orchids to orangutans – at risk. To understand what is being done to restore these peatlands, we speak with the Deputy Head of the National Peatland Restoration Agency, Budi Wardhana, and with Dyah Puspitaloka, a researcher on the value chain, finance and investment team at CIFOR, the Center for International Forestry Research. Listen here: Restoration through agroforestry that benefits both people and planet is one positive avenue forward, which Dyah discusses in her remarks. For more on this topic, see the recent report at Mongabay, “Indonesia renews peat restoration bid to include mangroves, but hurdles abound.” All our coverage of the haze problem can be found here, and additional restoration features are here. Mongabay Explores Sumatra is a special podcast series that dives into the unique beauty, natural heritage, and key issues facing this one of a kind landscape by speaking with people working to study, understand, and protect it. Episode 1 features a Goldman Prize winner from Sumatra about what makes his home so special, listen…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer

Conservation would be more effective with more Indigenous leadership, says Patrick Gonzales-Rogers | Mongabay Nyheter

In the past year there’s been a lot more talk about stakeholder inclusivity in the conservation sector. The combination of the social justice movement arising out of George Floyd’s killing in May 2020 and exposés of discriminatory practices has put a brighter spotlight on conservation’s legacies of colonialism and treatment of local and Indigenous communities in and around protected areas, among other issues. But how would conservation actually transform its practices? Patrick Gonzales-Rogers, the Executive Director of the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition, says increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples in the leadership of conservation institutions would be a good place to start addressing structural issues around rights, race, and consent in the conservation sector. “If you were to go through the executive staff and the board of directors for seven largest conservation groups, you would find a serious lack of inclusion,” Gonzales-Rogers told Mongabay. “I did a manual count among these groups and found there are over 200 such positions in the seven largest conservation groups. You know many tribal members of the 200 something board members are there? There are six; two of them are mentioned twice.” “There is a vast dearth of people of color represented on these boards and executive leadership roles. This is important because of corporate governance: this is where objectives are created, assets are aligned, and deliverables are prioritized. So, the more you can get people of color, the more the assets and resources can be realigned to these communities.” Executive Director Patrick Gonzales-Rogers…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer

Gammal stadsnära skog ska omvandlas till köpcentrum | Nyheter – Natursidan

M, KD, L, C och SD vill bygga ett köpcentrum i en gammal stadsnära skog i Karlstad, men protesterna blir allt starkare. Det skrivs insändare och samlas in namnunderskrifter för… Läs mer

Persistence of slave labor exposes lawlessness of Amazon gold mines | Mongabay Nyheter

Scattered in the countryside around the municipalities of Itaituba and Jacareacanga in Brazil’s Pará state, gold mining operations run by the family of a notorious convicted enslaver have have subjected dozens of workers to slave-labor conditions for years, a Mongabay investigation has found. A sweeping raid carried out in August 2018 by the GEFM labor inspection team, now under the Ministry of the Economy, rescued 38 workers at the Coatá mine owned by Raimunda Oliveira Nunes in Jacareacanga. Another operation in October 2020 found 39 people working in similar conditions in mining camps owned by Nunes and her family in the same region. Pará has the most illegal mines of any state in Brazil. Both operations were among the largest of their type ever carried out in Brazil’s mining regions. The workers were held in degrading work conditions, which included improvised housing with no bathrooms, contaminated drinking water, no protective gear, and arbitrary fees that resulted in debt bondage with no work contracts. The investigation by Mongabay highlights the persistence of these illegal gold mines, known as garimpos. Even after the 2018 raid, Raimunda Oliveira Nunes and her children, Raifran and Tamis Danielle, continued filing applications for mining permits with the National Mining Agency (ANM), a federal body connected to the Ministry of Mines and Power. The ANM granted the Nunes family approval in four of the applications. Mining camp workers were kept in degrading work conditions: improvised housing with no bathrooms, contaminated water, a lack of protective gear, and…This article was originally published on Mongabay Läs mer

Ytterligare 13 djur officiellt utrotade i Australien | Nyheter – Natursidan

Australiens miljöminister har nu utannonserat att ytterligare 13 djur utrotats i landet. Den sammanlagda summan däggdjur som försvunnit från Australien är nu uppe i 34. Listan på djur som utrotats… Läs mer

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